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article imageOp-Ed: In Defense of Liberty – Ending the drug war to protect freedom

Before I start to pontificate my didacticisms, allow me to confirm a few things: I do not drink alcohol. I do not do drugs. I do not smoke. I do not gamble. But just because I oppose this repugnant behavior, why can’t others enjoy these things?
Since the egregious war on drugs was declared, there have been enormous economic, social, criminal and personal liberty derelictions. If there were a cost-benefit analysis of how much taxpayer dollars that federal, state (provincial) and local governments used, it would show that there has been very little success in this failed war.
For some reason or another, the populace concluded that the government knows best and it can impose moral behavior on the people, even if there would be massive unintended consequences that would incite enhanced immorality.
The case for drug laws is that if it were legal then our society would become chaotic, everyone would start shooting up on heroine and the nation as we know it would crumble because drug users wouldn’t contribute to society.
Before I continue, I have a question: how many people reading this article who are not drug users would immediately sniff a line of cocaine, insert a needle into your arm for a shot of heroine and take ecstasy? It can be safe to say that not a whole lot of you would do it.
As with any other government policy that has good intentions – the road to hell is paved with good intentions – this one has unintended consequences. By prohibiting the use of drugs, it has created an underground economy where prices have soared, users have resorted to prostitution just to pay for it and taxpayers are forced to pay for law enforcement, whose time could be better spent chasing rapists and pedophiles, just to crack down on this shadow economy.
If drugs were legalized, the marketplace would immediately adapt, which would lead to the extinction of the drug cartels and the drug dealers would be out of business – of course, once government bans something else there would already be criminal activity.
Remember, the government creates criminals with victimless laws and crimes.
If I want to smoke marijuana or start using heroin, isn’t that my choice? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? During a Fox News Republican primary debate, retiring Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul made an excellent point when he mocked the establishment thinking the American people yearn for the federal government to take care of them and tell them how to live.
Whether it’s eating a dozen doughnuts in one sitting, living in atrophy or not wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, humans have free will and free choice and must take responsibility for their actions, even if these decisions are reckless to their own lives.
These reasons alone, and many others, identify that the war on drugs must be ceased either immediately or gradually and to permit the people to make their own choices in their lives as long as they don’t coerce others to adopt their lifestyle.
Since drugs are deemed bad for you, why not resort to the failed policies of prohibition? Why don’t we completely ban junk food, compel others to purchase a gym membership and forbid individuals from smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes? Wait nevermind. Let’s not give the government anymore failing ideas.
If you adore liberty and abhor the state controlling every facet of your life, you would endorse the principles of drug legalization.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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